DBC Foodservice has reported a strong Christmas trading period, powered by its new range of frozen buffet party food and desserts.

Like-for-like sales in December were up 8.8%, with both profit and cost sectors contributing to the increase.

“We are extremely pleased with this growth given the difficult economic climate and tough market trading conditions,” said MD Chris Horne.

“We believe the results are a reflection of the confidence our customers had in DBC delivering Christmas successfully.”

While sales were up in October and November, the big increase in December was caused partly by a contraction in the out-of-home party season, Horne said, with most functions held in December rather than spread across the two months leading up to Christmas.

He added that DBC’s frozen food for celebrations range of buffet and traditional menu items, launched at the end of September, was a key driver for the growth.